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Muslims mark beginning of Ramadan 2016

Muslims mark beginning of Ramadan 2016

Most of world’s 1.2 billion Muslims start observing the holy month of Ramadan on Monday Muslims in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey would begin fasting on Monday, as will Muslims in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories as the Ramadan moon has been sighted in these countries. Millions of Muslims around the world are marking the start of the ... Read More »

Environment Day 2016 puts spotlight on illegal trade in wildlife

World Environment Day 2016 - Go wild for life

Wildlife trafficking needs to be a policy priority in Asia This year’s World Environment Day on June 5 puts the spotlight on the illegal trade in wildlife, calling for greater public awareness, public engagement, and public mobilization will be required, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “in the efforts to put an end to this very damaging trade.” To ... Read More »

Mohammad Ali dies at 74: World pays rich tribute to boxing legend

Mohammad Ali dies at 74: World pays rich tribute to boxing legend

Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of sport’s most influential individuals, has died aged 74. The sports hero, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease for decades, passed away in a hospital here where he had been admitted earlier this week suffering from respiratory problems. Ali had been living in the Phoenix area with his fourth wife, ... Read More »

World’s longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland

World's longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland

The new Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland is the world’s longest train tunnel running at 57 km long under the Alps. It took 17 years to build and replaces Japan’s 53.9km Seikan tunnel The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel, opened in Switzerland on Wednesday, nearly seven decades after it was first proposed and 17 years after construction ... Read More »

No Tobacco Day 2016: WHO appeals for plain packaging of tobacco products

WHO appeals for plain packaging of tobacco products on World No Tobacco Day 2016

Around 100,000 Pakistanis die annually from tobacco. Data shows 36% adult males, 9% adult females among 25 million smokers in the country The World Health Organisation (WHO), on this World No Tobacco Day, is calling all govenrments to be ready for plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging means branding and promotional information is removed from tobacco packaging and replaced by ... Read More »

Korean Air catches fire at Tokyo Airport, passengers evacuated

Korean Air catches fire at Tokyo Airport, passengers evacuated

Korean Air evacuated passengers and crew from an aircraft preparing to take off from Japan’s Haneda Airport in Tokyo after smoke came from its left engine. There were 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board. All passengers and crew members disembarked and there were 18 people with injuries, a spokesman for Japan’s transport ministry told. The extent of the injuries isn’t ... Read More »

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike, Afghanistan confirms

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike. Photo: AFP

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been targeted and ‘likely killed’ in an air strike, US officials have said. The US military carried out an air strike on Saturday in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, according to officials. “We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available,” Pentagon press secretary ... Read More »

Fitbit tops Wearables Market, Xiaomi passes Apple for second spot

Fitbit tops Wearables Market, Xiaomi passes Apple for second spot

Fitbit tops global wearables market, while Chinese group Xiaomi raced past Apple to second place Fitbit fitness tracker maker is world’s leading wearable device vendor, while Chinese group Xiaomi raced past Apple to second place, a recent survey showed. Fitbit, Xiaomi, Apple, Garmin and Samsung make up the top five companies, according to the latest figures from research firm IDC. Global ... Read More »

EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes into Mediterranean Sea

EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes into Mediterranean Sea

An EgyptAir flight heading from Paris to Cairo that disappeared from radar with 69 people on board has been reportedly crashed. Greek and Egypt have launched a massive search and rescue operation An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew crashed in the Mediterranean sea early Thursday morning, according to a Greek airport source. According ... Read More »

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